Here is a small selection of artists from Pulse Miami 2012 that stood out. There are most definitely many more, but these are the Must See artists.
Alan Rath has two works in dialogue with each other for Pulse Projects, Absolutely and Positively. Rath has added an organic and living feel to his robots by adding feathers. The kenetic works in Pulse Projects play off each other in a somewhat fitting ‘pulsing’ mating ritual, while Forever comes to life in generating sequences of movement, colour and tempo. It evokes references to living beings conveying perception and emotion. He is exhibited by Hosfelt Gallery at Pulse. To see Forever in action, click HERE
Sam Messenger’s intricate drawings at Davidson Contemporary were both visually and conceptually invigorating. While drawn with a somewhat obsessive structuralism, the artist initially treats his paper in many different ways, often soaking his chosen paper in river water, leaving it outside in the rain, and allowing elements to oxidize by chance. Some works, such as Veil from Aegaeon, 2012 are drawn on newspaper, in this instance, The financial Times. I won’t give too much away right now, go see the work! And if you can’t, I have an interview with the artist which will be up soon.
Grant Miller’s work is beautifully executed in a contemporary painting style that still respects the traditional. Constructed from views of architecture and movement in time and space, “Grant Miller depicts the world not just as a given but as a construction of a physical, virtual and mental net where the significance and intensity of shapes and colors seem to play a major role.” I’m quoting gallerist Tatyana Okshteyn of Black and White Gallery, who’s passion for this artist is nothing short of contagious. You have to get close to these works in order to really get a feel for them, then wait for a visual feast of colour and movement to envelope your eyes.
In the images above are more artists that I really felt were worth mentioning from Pulse Miami. Be sure to check out Section F which had many galleries with a sophisticated and curatorial element in their exhibits. There are many more worthy artists on show and a very strong ‘hand of the artist’ feel throughout the fair that cannot be denied at Pulse Miami this year. Verdict: Go back again, and not just for the hammocks on the palm trees outside.
Images courtesy of:
Maxwell Davidson Contemporary,
Black and White Gallery
David B Smith Gallery
Galerie Wagner + Partner